The Sacramento Kings aren’t going anywhere, the NBA owners voted that the team remain in Northern California. Sorry Seattle.
According to ESPN.com, ownership representatives from the league’s 30 teams met Wednesday (May 15) for nearly four hours and ultimately voted to reject the Kings’ proposed move to Seattle, backing last month’s unanimous recommendation from a relocation committee to keep the team in Sacramento.
NBA commissioner David Stern confirmed the vote in Sacramento’s favor was 22-8.
Stern said: “I would say it’s a victory for Sacramento, not a victory for the NBA.”
Stern said that the Maloof family, who owns the Kings, has “the right to retain ownership” of the team under league bylaws. However, said he was confident that a sale to the consortium assembled by Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson and headed by Silicon Valley billionaire Vivek Ranadive eventually will be completed.
“It is my expectation that we’ll be able to make a deal with the Maloofs and the Ranadive group to transfer title of the team in Sacramento,” Stern said. “It’s not a certainty, but we’re going to work [toward] that result.”